June 23, 2020
Sponsored by Advanced Data Systems
Dear Colleagues,
This week on MSEPS Presents: The Ophthalmology 20/20 CME Webinar Series; join us for our webinar on employment law titled " Revamping Your Eye Practice to Thrive During COVID-19: Business and Legal Considerations " with employment law attorney Jamaal (Jay) Stafford and his colleague Julia Konovalov. This insightful program will address how COVID-19 has impacted employment law. Registration is now open! This program is for both members and non-members.

Newly added to our series: OMIC's "Dos and Don'ts to Mitigate Liability" Webinar! If you are a MSEPS member and complete this webinar you can earn a 10% risk management discount on OMIC insured premiums. Registration is now open!

We hope that you have been getting useful information from our webinar series. If you have registered for a webinar, but were not able to attend live, contact Sophie Pumphrey and she can send you the recording and a web based evaluation form. CME credit will be awarded upon evaluation completion.

Please consider joining MSEPS and donating to our PAC as a way to help support our organization. Our aim has been to provide the most current and up to date information to all Maryland ophthalmologists.

MSEPS wants to thank Advanced Data Systems for their support of our newsletters. Please check out their sponsored content and links to show them our thanks.

Please check the   AAO  and   MedChi   websites for the most current COVID-19 information. For archived versions of these updates visit the   MSEPS   website.

Stay healthy,
Renee Bovelle, MD
MSEPS President
June 22, 2020

Dear MedChi Members and Maryland Physicians:

Happy Monday, and happy Father's Day to those who celebrated over the weekend. Here's what we want you to know today:



  • HHS is hosting two webcasts at 2 pm EST on Tuesday, June 23 and Thursday, June 25 for physicians and other health care professionals who are interested in learning more about the application process for the CARES Act Provider Relief Funds. Registration is required.

  • Gene Ransom was interviewed on WBAL Radio discussing hospitals and doctors facing financial challenges during the outbreak of COVID-19. The interview focuses on the Care Act and next steps to improve the economics of health care. Watch it here.



  • We are aware of several services for physicians and other health care providers who would be interested in stress relief services during the time of the pandemic. The Physician Support Line was launched on March 30 to provide free counseling to doctors facing challenges during the pandemic. Its website describes it as a “national, free, and confidential support line service made up of 600+ volunteer psychiatrists, joined together in the determined hope to provide peer support for our physician colleagues as we all navigate the COVID-19 epidemic.” More information is available at the website. The support line can be reached at 1-888-409-0141. Physicians in Maryland are reminded that stress or other issues can also be addressed by appointment through the Maryland Physicians Health Program, 410-962-5580 or 800-992-7010.

  • MedChi has heard from several physician practices about business interruption insurance claim denials. We want to help these physicians and other health professionals. We hope to provide you with direct assistance, referrals, or other support. We can also develop a broad advocacy plan – but first, we need to learn more about who and how many physicians are impacted by these denials. If you have experienced a business interruption insurance claim denials, please email me to discuss.  

  • Keep sending us your photos for our #MaskUpMonday social media campaign to encourage everyone to wear masks in public. Please send us a selfie or other photo of you, your family, and/or your colleagues wearing masks and tell us who you are "masking up" for (your patients, your family, an at-risk friend, etc). Let's share with the public why physicians encourage and participate in universal masking during this pandemic. Please send your photos to cjohannesen@medchi.org.
We are your advocate and your resource, and we're here for anything you need . Please don't hesitate to reach out.

Thank you for all that you do as physicians, healers, and heroes.

Gene Ransom
MedChi CEO

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Virtual Events

June 24, 2020 6:30 PM
Participants will gain knowledge about the employment laws related to the workplace and COVID-19, learn about various employment related policies and procedures that should be implemented in their healthcare practice to minimize the risk of employment litigation,understand new ways to increase revenues, and gain knowledge about ways to improve patient experience. 

June 25-27
The Foundation Fighting Blindness, the world’s leading organization searching for treatments and cures for blinding retinal diseases, will host its Virtual VISIONS 2020 conference. This complimentary virtual event will provide a wide range of science and research presentations, practical adapting and thriving sessions, and an opportunity to connect individuals with a retinal degenerative disease from across the country.

Disclaimer: MSEPS does not endorse the organizations sponsoring linked websites or events, and we do not endorse the views they express or the products/services they offer. 

July 9, 2020 7:00 PM
Participants will Identify the liability risks for medical malpractice claims associated with the use of Telemedicine, identify the steps to take to mitigate these liability risks, and Know resources to assist practices further reduce liability risk. MSEPS Members will receive a 10% discount on their OMIC insured premiums.

Telehealth Resources

Backline from Dr. First is a Telehealth platform used by MedChi's CTO and can be used by any physician.

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